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Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney Daniel Tobin

Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney

Daniel Tobin

Published April 3rd 2009
ISBN : 9780813192352
Paperback
288 pages
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Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, author of nine collections of poetry and three volumes of influential essays, is regarded by many as the greatest Irish poet since Yeats. Passage to the Center is the most comprehensive critical treatment to date onMore Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, author of nine collections of poetry and three volumes of influential essays, is regarded by many as the greatest Irish poet since Yeats. Passage to the Center is the most comprehensive critical treatment to date on Heaneys poetry and the first to study Heaneys entire body of work (including his recent volumes, Seeing Things and The Spirit Level ). It is also the first to examine the poems from the perspective of religion, one of Heaneys guiding preoccupations. According to Tobin, the growth of Heaneys poetry may be charted through the recurrent figure of the center, a key image in the relationship that evolved over time between the poet and his inherited place, an evolution that involved the continual re-evaluation and re-vision of imaginative boundaries. In a way that previous studies have not, Tobins work examines Heaneys poetry in the context of modernist and postmodernist concerns about the desacralizing of civilization and provides a challenging engagement with the work of a living master.